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Teenager sexually assaulted in Barnsley underpass

An investigation is underway after a 13-year-old girl was subjected to a serious sexual assault in Barnsley.

It happened around 8.30pm yesterday in the Old Doncaster Road underpass near to Alhambra roundabout.

Police bellieve the teenager was followed into the tunnel where the assault took place.

The suspected is described as having a foreign accent, brown skin, around 30-years-old, 5ft 5ins, of slim build, wearing a black Adidas tracksuit with red stripes and blue gloves.

He had dark blonde hair, a short cut greyish/black beard, sideburns and a goatee from his under lip to his chin. The offender is described as having a large nose.

This is an extremely serious assault. We are doing everything we can to catch the offender and the victim has been supported by specially-trained officers following her ordeal.

We would like to reassure the public that a number of lines of enquiry are being followed up by a dedicated team and I urge anyone with information that may lead to the identification of the offender to get in touch."

– Det Chief Insp Chris Singleton

Memorial service for Lord Mason of Barnsley

A memorial service has been held today for Lord Mason of Barnsley - the man who went from teenage miner to cabinet minister. Roy Mason, as he was more widely known, was the town's MP for more than thirty years and served under two Labour Prime Ministers. He was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles in the 1970's. But despite his rise to prominence in public life he never forgot his humble South Yorkshire roots. Chris Kiddey reports

Memorial service for Lord Mason of Barnsley

A special memorial service will be held today to celebrate the life of former Barnsley MP Roy Mason.

Lord Mason died at the age of 91 Credit: Press Association

The veteran Labour MP represented his home town for 30 years at Westminster and was also appointed Northern Ireland Secretary in the 70s.

He was created a life peer in 1987 and died in April this year after a long illness.

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South Yorkshire teenager seriously injured in Alton Towers crash

A teenager from South Yorkshire has been injured in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash. It's believed Joe Pugh, who is from Barnsley, was hurt when two carriages on the Smiler ride crashed at the park in Staffordshire. 16 people in total were injured, four seriously. The Health and Safety Executive are investigating and the park remains closed.

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